The Great Hang Up: Mobile phone apps for safe texting

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)--The phrase "There's an app for that" was made popular a few years ago when smart phones came on the scene. With an application for anything from grocery shopping and games to a noise machine, there seems to be an app for almost everything.

    Now, phone companies are rolling out new ideas for their customers combining communication with safety to create the ultimate app.

    AT&T has their Drive Mode App available for Blackberries and Phoneguard is available on iPhones, Androids and Blackberries.

    Both of these apps send auto-replies to the sender when a text is received. Also the apps can detect when the car (and phone) are in motion and don't allow web browsing, texting, messaging and emailing unless stopped.

    Ronnie Dedman, Director of External Affairs for AT&T says in 2010 alone, 30 billion texts were sent over their network. "And the sad reality of that is that so many of those are from behind the steering wheel of a moving vehicle."

    Now--phone companies are rolling out new ideas for their customers--combining communication with safety to create the ultimate app. AT&T launched Drive Mode in August. 
    "One of the first things you do when you get on an airplane is put it in airplane mode. Now we want the first thing you do when you get in a car is put your phone on drive mode."

    Free to download and simple to use: When you get in the car, just turn it on. Then while driving, if you receive a text or call, your phone auto replies to the sender telling them you're behind the wheel and can't answer right now. 
    AT&T's DriveMode is only available on blackberries. But officials say with the success that they've seen since they launched it in August, it's safe to say that app should be available on other smart phones in the near future! 

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